Beth Shriever adds Rainbow Jersey to her Olympic Gold

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Beth Shriever once again took to the podium at the weekend in the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships. Just weeks after her Olympic gold, she is now Olympic and World Champion. Hosted in Papendal in the Netherlands she took home the rainbow jersey.

An amazing achievement considering she needed to crowdfund her way to Tokyo. Following the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a decision was made by UK sport to only fund male riders. However, British Cycling stepped up and created a funding support package for women. It was thanks to the funding from British Cycling, money from crowdfunding, and support from other sources that allowed her to make it to Tokyo.

Beth Shriever
Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com. Bethany Shriever celebrates winning Gold in the Elite Women’s Final.
Video from BMX podcast, Coffee Chatter

The British Cycling press release reads:

Shriever flaunted the form that saw her win gold at the Tokyo Olympics, winning all three of her motos before easing through the knockout rounds in the elite women’s event, then rounding off her day with a comprehensive win in a stacked final.

It’s pretty hard to believe at the moment. I’ve been riding consistently all day – I just wanted to go out there and have a good time, just like I did in Tokyo.

I went in gate eight and I was relaxed and happy. I said to my coach Marcus that I was going to do a Niek Kimmann and see what happens, and gate eight lived up to its name. Another gold medal, I can’t believe it!

Beth Shriever
Beth Shriever
Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com. Women’s Elite Final, Gold – Bethany Shriever.

The result tops off what has been a fantastic month for Beth, who put her name in the history books in July with a gold medal-winning performance in Tokyo to become Britain’s first-ever Olympic medallist alongside teammate, Kye Whyte.

Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com. UCI BMX World Championships 2021. Bethany Shriever of Great Britain, Merel Smulders of the Netherlands, Camille Maire of France, Payton Ridenour of the USA and Axelle Etienne of France in action during the Elite Women’s quarter-finals.

GB BMX Team

In the men’s event, Quillan Isidore, Ross Cullen and Paddy Sharrock showed all of their promise in the elite men’s motos, before bowing out in the 1/8 finals. Junior rider Emily Hutt made it through the motos after a series of competitive runs. However, her world championships ended in the semi-final.

It was a similar story of early strong performances for the junior men, with Matthew Gilston, Oliver Cope and Chad Hartwell easing through their respective moto rounds. Teammates Mackenzie Rennison and Callum Russell just missed out on qualification.

That good form continued in the quarter-finals for Matthew Gilston, who booked his spot in the semis after a third-place finish – but in a heat marred with crashes did not finish his race.


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  • Beth Shriever adds Rainbow Jersey to her Olympic Gold
  • Premier Icon malv173
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    She absolutely smashed that!

    Premier Icon Steve Reynolds
    Full Member

    From Gate 8, a most impressive ride.

    There was lots of screaming at the telly yesterday afternoon by my son and I, Beth has been incredible this summer, that move into turn 1 was awesome, I think just enough to panic Stancil.

    I don’t normally vote, but I know where my SPOTY vote is going this year.

    Premier Icon bridges
    Free Member

    She’s fantastic. So happy for her. Incredible achievement, without any of the support many far less capable sports people get. Brilliant.

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